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20 Things To Do In San Diego This Summer

If you’re a regular follower of this site, you know that I’m doing a series of posts about things to do in specific cities with kids this summer. I’ve highlighted lots of great activities to do in some major cities across the US. Not only are these great resources if you live in these areas, but they’re also perfect for travel.

I had the opportunity to go to San Diego about 5 years ago and I fell in love. There was absolutely NOTHING that I didn’t Continue reading 20 Things To Do In San Diego This Summer

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5 Things To Know Before You Visit LEGOLAND

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LEGOLAND attracts thousands of guests each year. To make the most out of your experiences, here are 5 things you should know before your trip:

  1. Distance from Orlando/Tampa: LEGOLAND is not located with all of the other Central Florida theme parks. In fact, its a full 45 minute drive from that area. If you are coming from Downtown Orlando it will be even further (and more than likely you will experience traffic.) The park is also a 45 minute drive from Tampa. I am not necessarily recommending that you stay in Winter Haven, but knowing your travel time may help you plan your day. Winter Haven does offer a few hotels in addition to the LEGOLAND Hotel on property.
  2. Height Requirements: As with most major theme parks, LEGOLAND established height requirements for most of the rides. Many of the rides require an adult to accompany small children. Spending some time looking over the height requirements may help your family enjoy their day a bit more. A couple times my 4-year old son ended up disappointed when he could not ride. Likewise, I had 2 children at the park by myself. If my daughter had been 1 inch shorter, I would have really struggled to balance the need to ride with both kids on several of the rides (as a single-parent for the day.)                                           LEGOLAND Height Requirements
  3. Food Policy: LEGOLAND is extremely liberal with their food policy. They allow guests to bring snacks, drinks and even small soft coolers into the park. Bringing your own food will save you lots of money. Not only that, but your children are guaranteed to have food they will enjoy. You will also be able to cater to certain food restrictions or allergies. Be sure to review the policy rules before your trip.
  4. Age Recommendations: Unlike many of the other theme parks, LEGOLAND is specifically geared towards children between 2 – 12. There are even several small play areas for toddlers (children under 2) and many rides that very small children will enjoy. Most of the rides at the park are very basic. They are really fun, but not necessarily designed for thrill seeking teenagers or adults. My 4-year old son was tall enough to go on all but 2 of the rides. None of the roller coasters go upside down or do any crazy spins/turns. That being said, LEGOLAND is the perfect theme park for a very specific age range.
  5. Ticket Pricing: LEGOLAND offers a significant discount for people purchasing their tickets in advance. If you buy online at least 2 days prior to your visit, you save at least $20 depending on your ticket choice. You should also search the internet for ‘buy one get one free’ ticket coupons.

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*LEGOLAND hosted our family during our visit*

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All About LEGOLAND- Florida

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In a region where theme parks and tourist attractions dominate the landscape, standing out presents a challenge. Yet, the creativity behind LEGOLAND helps it emerge as a top family destination.

LEGOLAND Florida opened its doors in 2011. However, the small town of Winter Haven (just a 30-40 minute car ride south of Orlando) has strong ties to the amusement park industry. Cypress Gardens, Florida’s first theme park, called Winter Haven home for many years. After purchasing the property, LEGOLAND completed several renovations and additions, while maintaining much of the charm and beauty of the former park.

Because of its rich history, the grounds of LEGOLAND hold a high level of energy and brilliance. Additionally, the owners preserved the botanical garden. Located on the shores of Lake Eloise, the park offers spectacular views in addition to a phenomenal line-up of rides, games, and shows.

Visitors to LEGOLAND can even experience one of the rides from Cypress Gardens- The Island In The Sky.

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LEGOLAND is divided into several LEGO-themed sections. Young children, especially, will enjoy “Duplo Valley.”

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Young children drive tractors, ride trains, and play on small playground equipment. You will also find several splash areas to cool down. The Duplo Valley area contains clearly marked signs and appropriate play structures for even the smallest guests.

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Possibly the most impressive portion of the park includes over 32 million LEGO bricks. In Miniland USA, guests can visit California, Las Vegas, New York, Washington D.C. and Florida- all in 1 day!

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The detail on each of these locations is beyond impressive! We thoroughly enjoyed studying all of these structures. You are also able to read many facts about Miniland U.S.A. throughout the area.

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Other awesome parts of the park include: Fun Town, Land of Adventure, LEGO City, The World of Chima, and Heartlake City.

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Throughout the park you find amazing LEGO statues, and figurines of your favorite characters.

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Also, you will find several playgrounds throughout LEGOLAND, as well as LEGO play stations in all of the lines.

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The park offers a wide variety of food options. I highly recommend ordering from the kid’s menu at The Market Restaurant. The meals included a drink, chips (or pretzels) and a squeeze fruit. The Apple Fries were also DELICIOUS!

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LEGOLAND is a theme park designed for younger children. The suggested age range is between 2-12; However, I certainly feel it would be appropriate (and enjoyed) for children under 2. Any thrill seeking child will be slightly disappointed at the lack of “adult” roller coasters. There was only 1 roller coaster that my 4-year old was too short to ride.

Speaking of that, be sure to check out the hight requirements prior to your visit! Also, consult the website for up to date information on hours of operation.

**LEGOLAND hosted Mom With A Map during our visit**

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